Difficult moment for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accused by the conservative press of having lost its “polish” after the last few slips in public which gave the idea of a premier in difficulty. However, the disaffection seems not to be limited to the media, but to have now also infected some sectors of the Conservative Party. Some Tory deputies would have presented one letter of no confidence to the 1922 Committee, the internal body of the party through which the procedure of no confidence in the leader is initiated. Under party rules, no-confidence votes are required 15 percent of the deputies to start a new leadership contest.
Speaking to the Telegraph, one of the party leaders confirmed that “someone is supposed to have presented the letter (of no confidence). You will never get to the 50 letters needed, but it causes anger. “Another Tory MP also confirmed that an unspecified number of no-confidence letters against Johnson would be presented by the” usual suspects. “Is this the beginning of the end for Johnson? to make mistakes and to stumble, the reply of the deputy, “there will be more letters” of distrust.
Downing Street was quick to deny the press rumors about the malaise that is brewing among the Tories, claiming that the premier is “very concentrated” on its political action. The latest episode that caused confidence in the premier to waver, crowning difficult weeks on various political dossiers, from fiscal policy, to the Northern Irish Post Brexit Protocol, to illegal immigration, that of ‘speech about Peppa Pig’. It was when Johnson, during a speech at the British Confindustria, lost the thread and started improvising, citing the famous animated pig.
The premier made “hundreds of speeches”, replied a spokesman. “I don’t think it’s unusual for people to lose their train of thought on rare occasions,” he added. But Johnson still has the ‘grip’, the ‘grip’ on the government, the pulse of the situation, was the next question. “Certainly,” the Downing Street replica.